Small and tiny chicken breeds can be super cute and adorable. They are very desirable, especially for a smaller backyard environment where there isn’t an abundance of space. Often smaller chicken breeds are also more friendly and might be a good choice if you have children or other pets sharing the same space.
What’s The Smallest Chicken Breed in the World?
In general, the Bantam Breed of chickens is the smallest. They are even considered miniature chickens. They can be a third to a fifth the size of a normal size chicken. The smallest of the Bantams and likely agreed to be the smallest chicken breed in the world is the Malaysian Serama Bantam. It stands between 15-25 centimeters tall and weighs 8 to 15 ounces depending on the class.
You may think the Serama chicken is perfect to join your flock, but be aware, it’s one of the most expensive! There are also pretty hard to find, so you might have a tough time adding this tiny chicken to your farm or backyard.
About the Tiny Serama Chicken
The Serama originally came from Malaysia. Its long history can be traced all the way back to the 1600s. It was first imported to the USA in the year 2000. They come in many colors and sizes, usually no taller than 10 inches.
There are three different standards of a Serama, Malaysian, US and UK. They come in four accepted sizes/weights:
- Micro: Males weigh up to 13 ounces and females up to 8 ounces.
- A Class: Males weigh up to 13 ounces and females up to 12 ounces.
- B Class: Males weigh up to 16 ounces and females up to 15 ounces.
- C Class: Males weigh up to 19 ounces and females up to 19 ounces.
The Serama eggs are so tiny that you could fit almost 5 in one grade A egg. The eggs incubation period is around 19-20 days. It’s normal for about a 4th of the eggs to not hatch.
Maturity in a hen occurs at about 16-18 weeks and full maturity in 15-18 months.
Serama Disposition and Health
These mini chickens are very friendly and get along with humans and animals alike. The Serama roosters can be more aggressive with each other and shouldn’t be kept together.
They are tolerant of a wide variety of climates but should be kept out of windy areas. They do best in temperatures above 40 F, especially the Serama chicks. They originally come from a tropical climate so they may not fare as well in cold temperatures.
They have no unique health conditions to speak of. They are known to molt quite frequently, so you may notice discarded feathers around the areas they traverse.
Is the Mini Serama Chicken For You?
You may want to rush out and look for Serama chickens for sale, but make sure you’re ready for the task. They make good indoor chickens and work well in small spaces. They are a great choice of chicken to have around children and they will, in turn, love them because of their small size.
If you’d like to consider other small chicken breeds, here are the top 5:
Weight: One Pound
This bird has been given the nickname the “Littlest Bantam” and by its weight, it is no surprise. These birds were developed in the Netherlands and it is likely their ancestors were from East Indies stock. They were introduced into North America after World War II but declined until their re-introduction in the 70’s and 80’s. They are a poor layer of tiny, lightly tinted eggs, however they are wonderful mothers, hardy birds and slow to mature. The roosters, however, are quite dangerous.
2. Belgian D’Anver
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
This true Bantam was developed in the Anver region of Belgium. There is a rumpless version called a De Grubbe and they are often referred to as the Quail Bantam as that is the most popular variety. They are a poor layer of very tiny eggs, but very robust and active. Roosters tend to be aggressive and some owners report difficulty rearing the chicks.
3. Belgian D’uccle
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Another true Bantam, this breed was started in Uccle, Belgium before 1900. They were breeded by Michel Van Gelder and are often referred to as the Mille Fleur which is the most popular variety. They are poor layers of teeny tiny white eggs. They are very hardy but not suited for foul weather as they are a fancy bird. Slow maturing, the hens tend to be broody. Roosters are less aggressive than other birds of similar size.
4. Booted or Sabelpoot
Weight: 1.4 lbs.
This breed was developed in the Netherlands and is so old it is difficult to get an age or location of origin. They come in 8 different colors and are very, very rare. A truly poor layer, they lay a white egg often less than once a week, but are a hardy bird. They are annoyingly frequent brooders with arrogant and aggressive roosters.
Weight: 4 lbs.
This bird comes in two varieties, the Spitzhauben which is rare enough but the Barthuhner which is virtually unheard of. Both were developed in Swizterland and are believed to have been named for the lace bonnets in the Appenzeller region of that same country. They are a fair layer of average sized eggs with a unique V-shaped comb. They are very cold hardy but may have trouble with crest feathers freezing. They are early maturing and had to be confined as they love to fly.
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